Growing up in a rugby and cricket-daft country, Keanu Baccus’ love of the beautiful game actually made him stand out as a kid.Coming through the youth ranks at Western Sydney Wanderers, the energetic player only ever had making it in one sport on his mind; football.
That’s lucky for St Mirren. They’ve already benefited hugely from his talent after he turned down other offers from Scotland and beyond to join the Buddies in the summer.That decision has now paid off massively for the 24-year-old.
Having made the cut for Australia’s final 26-man squad, Baccus will now be jetting off to Qatar next week as the affable midfielder looks to make an impact in the Socceroos’ tough World Cup group alongside France, Denmark and Tunisia.Just turning out on the biggest stage in world football would be a dream come true for Baccus.And he’s hoping to do St Mirren proud after they took a chance on him by giving him a platform to shine in European football, an opportunity he’s undoubtedly grasped.Baccus told Renfrewshire Live Sport: “It felt amazing when I got the phone call.
I have wanted this since I was five years old and started playing football.“This is the pinnacle of football and I feel so privileged to get this opportunity.“The club told me I’m the first St Mirren player to go to a World Cup.